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Design work to begin for interior of Northland training center

Advancing plans for the new Buffalo Billion-funded Workforce Training Center at the Northland Corridor, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. authorized its architects to start designing the space for the primary tenants of the main building at 683 Northland Ave.

BUDC on Tuesday approved a $342,640 contract with Watts Architecture & Engineering to prepare schematic design documents for the second phase of the 683 Northland project. That $28 million job includes the preliminary build-out of the former industrial complex to house the workforce training center, Buffalo Manufacturing Works and the Buffalo Public Schools Nurses' Aide Training program, as well as completion of the rest of the building as a "white box" for future potential tenants.

The overall $52 million project at 683 Northland will be funded in part with $10.9 million in state and federal historic tax credits and $9 million in New Markets tax credits.

BUDC also approved subcontracts for 683 Northland to:

  • Rodriguez Construction Group Inc. to supply and install concrete foundations, footers and slab infills for $667,836.
  • Morris Masonry Restoration LLC to perform masonry restoration and new masonry construction for $921,465.
  • Sterling Glass Inc. to supply and install historic double-hung windows for $1.39 million.
  • MLP Plumbing & Mechanical Inc. to provide and install underground and under-slab plumbing for $895,500.
  • R.W. Gaskin & Associates to paint underdeck areas for $93,035.
  • Mader Construction Co. Inc. to provide insulated structural roof panels under the roof deck for $1.12 million.

Separately, BUDC also approved spending $17,500 in "regionally significant project fund" dollars for a new Downtown Residential Market Study, estimated to cost $35,000 in all. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is fundraising to cover the balance. BUDC also agreed to cover a $10,000 gap in funding for the Urban Land Institute's recent panel study on the future of the Central Terminal, after National Grid's grant came in short.

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